Shabab Says It Killed Ugandan Peacekeepers in Somalia

Emmett Rice
April 4, 2018

The group of Al Shabaab claimed deadly explosions targeting Somalia army and African Union forces' vehicles near Baidoa town in southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu.

The special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira, said in a statement that AMISOM troops had fought off and successfully pushed back al-Shabaab militants Sunday.

The group said that 14 of its fighters were killed during the attack on the African Union base, according to Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, the group's military spokesman.

In March 2017, Trump granted a request from the head of Africom to give commanders more authority to conduct airstrikes and raids against al-Shabaab without high-level, interagency reviews. "Our fighters also attacked five other bases", Mus'ab said.

The U.S. has carried out more than a dozen drone strikes against al-Shabab since past year, after the Trump administration approved expanded military efforts against the extremist group.

"It was a hellish battle", Major Farah Osman said.

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It is unclear exactly how many people died in the attack but both sides say many people died as AU and Somali troops defended the base.

"That attack was repulsed but several soldiers have lost their lives to the bomb", said Hassan.

A counter offensive against the militants left at least 22 of the attackers dead, Brig.

Al-Shabab militants, however, still retain a significant presence, reportedly roaming freely and posing a threat in regions outside the capital where the central government has little control.

Nur, the government official, said no soldiers from the Somali army were killed and was not sure if any AMISOM troops were killed.

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